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Wakisha Charter School

Charter | 6-8 | 370 students

WCS is best known for afrocentric learning and academic excellence.

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $94,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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Posted August 30, 2012

Too many students assigned to a room(30). They lied about school curriculum(Spanish was to be available from grades 6 to 8) Staff, including principal, doesn't return calls. High turn over in teachers. Teachers actually quit during the school year, and aren't permanently replaced. I'm currently waiting for my daughter to be called to attended another charter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

This is not a good school! My daughter is in the 6th grade and I do not want her to attend another year. This school does not comply with parents request to help there children. I have met with the principal on many occasion to help my daughter it has been 3 months and the school has not done anything. This school has no order and the students are out of control and I have seen them with my own eyes that the faculty has no control over them when my daughter told me about this in December I told the principal and now it is June and nothing has changed. I advise all parents if you want your child to go to a good school Wakisha charter school on 9th & Jefferson street is not it. Do not send your child to this school because the faculty can not teach them and give them order. This is not a good school they lied about what they have to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2012

I wouldn't refer this school to anyone. My child attended last year and an 8th grade teacher would never respond to any notes sent. Another 8th grade teacher thought they were the same age as the kids. How are the children supposed to get an education there with adults like that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2009

I've attended Wakisha for 3 years, and currently I'm in High School. Wakisha is a good school when it comes to academics, the teachers and staff are great as well. It's the students that cause problems. When I was student at Wakisha my first year was a wonderful year, but then the next year came and people began taunting me for wanting to learn. By 8th grade, things started to get a little better and I made some friends. But Overall Waskisha is a great school. My advice for any current students or any soon to be students is to block out all of the nonsense and focus on the learning experience. Before this school, I didn't know so much about African American History. Please, I hope this school prepares you the same way it prepared me.


Posted December 2, 2009

My four children attended and graduated from Wakisha it was a very good school and two of my children are in college and i have two more that are about to graduate and leave for college. Thank you Wakisha. The Cash family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2009

I have been attending wakisha for 3 years and i have seen other students come and go.wakisha is an excellent school academicaly but no socailly our community wise. the school is in bad condition but they are movin to a new building in january.the grading system is ridiculous. A 70 is a F. Plus, they do not have any extra cirricular activities. I will be graduating this year and i do not reccomand this school to any one that isnt all about grades.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2009

The principal and her minions are horrible. This is the most unorganized school I've ever come across. No order, no communication, no principal until about 11 a.m. The children hardly know her. And then there is the troll who does the morning announcements-and that is it. Dr. Brawner, don't you do anything else all day except sit on your behind? Why can't you ever substitute? You, Jan, and Elbert totally suck


Posted November 4, 2009

This school is horrible and it is not teaching my daughter anything. She complains all the time about the students and the teachers. This school needs a real upgrade with their staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Wakisha Charter School has an excellent academic curriculum. This curriculum also includes 3 years of spanish. I enjoy the faculties committment to helping the children at the school as well as keeping the parents up to date with student progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

My name is Anthony Braxton and i attended WCS for two years. Wakisha gave me a great learning experience. The work was extremly challenging, but you need to apply yourself to succeed in that school because the teachers are strict some students and parents would say they are 'mean' but that is not true Wakisha is (for lack of a better word! lol!) the school that getts it jumpin! Im out Class of 2009!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2009

I have 2 children at Wakishia, 7th & 8th grade. This is a pretty good school. I can say that they really try to teach our children and help them prepare for their future. There is always room for improvement (ie...transporation, lunch program, inexperience of some staff members), but there are plenty of positives there as well. Overall....a smart choice for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

'Horrible conditions' my children attended 6th grade there 1st and last yr there sept 2008* june 2009..As a result they are enrolled back into private school**which they have been attending since kindergarten'never compromise education especially @ wakisha although the directors are great people w/ a plan but hopefully it will kick in soon ..Because i was not happy/nor impressed to the point that dadand i made the decision not to send them back...And school bus service 'disgraceful'.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2009

I've worked under the leadership of Jan E. Gillespie-Walton, she is a fabulous leader and her outlook on the future of our children is above and beyond most.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 18, 2009

My name is jerome bennett and this my 3rd and final year at Wakisha.I think Wakisha is a good school to send your child to for 6-8 grades because the teachers are great and really know their stuff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2009

I think its a great place for kids to learn my kids go their and they have been receiven a's in that school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2009

I am a former student and was there when it first opened. I will say, being the second graduating class, that during my time there i learned a lot. I don't know how it is now but when i was attending, we did go through a lot of hardships but most of the teachers there were great and very supportive. Especially Ms. Bland, i will say she is my favorite teacher and hopefully she is still there because everyone loved her. ok i'm out Class of 2002
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2009

I have attended wakisha since the 6 grade is was great the 6 and i am now in ther 8th grade. But now omg it is a messed up we don't have a spanish teacher and honestly i don't think that we should of taken spanish for 3 years!! we haven't had a spanish teacher going on for like a whole month. The teachers are nasty it's only one. The school is a mess. The new princple don't comtribute to anything.. The 8th grade haven't gone on a trip yet; some say it was only because it was only one that made honor roll. That's not fair; they gave us so many projects it don't add up to no type of since. They put so much pressure on us, 8th graders the expect us to be an example to the grades below, bump that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2008

Wakisha charter is a very bad school, I didnt learn anything there; the cafateria is disgusting and the faculty are very mean. I do not feel like I can get a great education at this school. Because of Wakishia, I do not believe college is in my future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2008

im john carr and its my second year here and i made honor roll for 6 and the first marking period of 7th grade and im going to keep on trying. i think wakisha's a great school with very challenging work. sometimes you feel like whoa what was that and if you're in 7th grade advanced class you'll even get 3 projects at the same time and sometimes it feels a little extreme, but we have to learn sometimes don't we
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2008

This school is pretty good so far they give kids a lot to think about.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
24%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
42%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
9%

2009

 
 
21%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students29%
Female37%
Male20%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students27%
Female23%
Male30%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students55%
Female57%
Male52%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female48%
Male36%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students40%
Female41%
Male39%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female52%
Male55%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students15%
Female13%
Male17%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students44%
Female47%
Male42%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 98% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
White 0% 71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Donna Comrie
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Direct instruction
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Social justice
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Softball
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
170
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
200
Students typically come from these schools
Alliance for Progress Charter
Patterson Elementary School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Parkway West High School
Inhotep Institute Charter School
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900 W. Jefferson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Phone: (267) 940-4800

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